I’ve been wanting to get an embroidery machine for quite some time now. This year for my birthday my mom took me out and let me pick one out! To my surprise it wasn’t as easy as walking into a store and picking out the one I wanted. Turns out, I had no idea what I wanted and I actually needed to do a decent amount of research before deciding on one. We spent a couple of days over several weeks visiting sewing centers before I decided on the Husqvarna Viking Ruby Royale embroidery machine. I bought my machine from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, in the Viking Sewing Center and I like to call her Ruby, original I know 😉
When I bought my machine, the President’s Day sale was going on, and I think I got a pretty great deal on my machine including a $500 shopping spree to use on supplies for my machine. I also purchased the TruEmbroidery software for my Mac that allows me to digitize art and pictures into embroidery stitches. My purchase also included 9 free classes with the Vicking sewing center inside JoAnn Stores.
Since I bought my machine new I wanted to share pictures of everything that is included with my machine. You can see the power cord, sewing pedal with retractable cord, cord for computer hookup, instruction booklet, design booklet, a USB and package of accessories to list a few.
Now I did play with my machine a tiny bit before starting the classes just so that I understood the verbiage and technical terms for everything, but I made sure to read through the directions before I did anything so I didn’t mess anything up. Here are pictures of all of the smaller accessories that came with my machine.
It took me a few weeks before my schedule opened up to finally get to start taking classes, but boy were they awesome! Hallie, my instructor, was great! You start out with a basic sewing class, be sure to bring everything you are required to bring and arrive a little bit early so the class can get started. You learn how to use and care for your machine, heed everything your instructor says because they’ve seen a lot that can go wrong due to improper maintenance. My next class was how to embroider, I had to bring 4 different colors of thread, but Hallie recommended 6 so that I could see how beautiful my embroidery would turn out. Then I took my software class, all I had to bring was my laptop with the software installed on it. I really appreciated the fact that even though Hallie wasn’t a Mac user she did what she could to translate PC instructions into Mac.
My first project…embroidering hats, apparently one of the most difficult things you can do, but why would I ever start out easy! I embroidered hats for my friend, Adriana’s, bachelorette party as a gift to all of the girls attending. My post about the trip is coming soon! We made 10 hats, I only messed up twice 😉 and we also personalized tumblers.
I’m very proud of how the hats have turned out and started some fun variations on local universities and of course Texas themed hats! I love my embroidery machine and I’m really excited I chose the Ruby Royale (by the way this is my opinion on the machine, I’m not being endorsed in any way.)
Some extremely exciting news…. Cassie and I recently opened an Etsy shop to start selling the hats I’ve been working on!! These are a few of my favorite hats so far, with many more ideas to come!!
Check the rest of them out here!! We can’t wait to add more hats and more crafts to sell! If you have any suggestions or ideas on what we should add please let us know! We’re always looking for more crafts!!